Sony Music Online Debuts New Licensing Web Site
Thinkmap® Technology Provides Instant Access To Album and Song Titles, Licensing and Publishing Information
New York, April 14, 1999 Sony Music Online, a leading music label site on the Internet, and Plumb Design, a leader in the development of interface design, today unveiled a new site that enables potential licensees to search through Sony Music's library of master recordings, which contain more than 200,000 songs, in an interface based on Thinkmap technology. The publishers of the songs listed will also be identified to facilitate the licensing process.
The Sony Music Licensing Site, available immediately at www.sonymusic.com/licensing, is a collaborative business-to-business tool designed to assist advertising, television, movie, and new media professionals who are interested in licensing music for their projects. After registering with the site and selecting a password, each customer is given a private work space where they can keep track of various projects, make lists of songs that they might be interested in, listen to sound clips, order the CD, and submit songs to Sony Music Licensing to start the licensing process. Licensees also have the option to interact directly with a Sony Music Licensing Facilitator who can offer search ideas and further develop a list of appropriate material for licensing.
"This is part of our ongoing strategy to offer our customers the best possible service," said Kathe Malta, Vice President of Music Licensing, Sony Music Entertainment. "We are confidant that we are offering the most innovative licensing interface designs together with the world's most extensive music catalog. We are very excited about the potential of this service." "We are pleased that our Thinkmap interface is an integral part of Sony Music Online's efforts to streamline and enhance the music licensing process," added Mary Azzarto, Chief Executive Officer of New York-based Plumb Design. "We expect the applications of this site will facilitate the music licensing process and prove to have beneficial far-reaching effects for the company's online efforts."
"This site is an excellent example of using state-of-the-art technology to leverage our assets and develop new online business models," remarked J. David Waldman, Vice President, New Technology and Business Development, Sony Music Entertainment. "The beauty of the site is that it provides potential clients with a virtual corner office at Sony Music where they can quickly and efficiently access all the resources they need in the comfort and privacy of their own environment."
Searches can be executed based on the name of an artist, a song title, and the date published as well as by intuitive subject matter based on Jeff Green's Green Book, a compendium of popular music categorized by subject matter. A visitor to the site looking for a song about life, for example, will find 330 tracks ranging from "Alive" by Pearl Jam to "Turn, Turn, Turn" by The Byrds. This combination of the innovative and intuitive Thinkmap technology, and Sony Music's extensive database of music enables users to navigate through vast amounts of information in an efficient, seamless fashion. Sony Music has the largest, oldest and most diverse catalog of recordings from the past century, offering instantly recognizable hits from the Classical, Swing, Rap, Rock, Pop, Jazz, Country, Blues and R&B genres. Recordings are drawn from Sony Music labels including Columbia, Epic, Work, 550 Music, Sony Classical, Sony Discos, Sony Wonder, Relativity, American Recordings, and affiliated labels.
About Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Music Entertainment Inc. is a leading global producer, manufacturer, and marketer of recorded music and video, employing over 12,000 people with a presence in 60 countries and a recorded catalogue containing the world's greatest artists and entertainers.
About Plumb Design, Inc.
New York based Plumb Design, Inc., the developer of Thinkmap, collaborates with its clients to produce online experiences that facilitate the exchange of knowledge and the interplay of ideas. The Company specializes in the design and development of next generation interfaces. Clients include The Motorola Museum, The National Geographic Society, PBS, The Smithsonian Institution, Sun Microsystems, and United Media. More information about Plumb Design can be found on the Internet at www.plumbdesign.com. More information about Thinkmap can be found at www.thinkmap.com.